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Louisville braces for protests after Breonna Taylor grand jury report

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After a Kentucky grand jury opted to indict only one of the three Louisville police officers in the raid that led to Breonna Taylor’s death earlier this year, the city braced for protests.Former Sgt. Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment for firing rounds during the raid that went into neighboring apartments, but not in the death of Taylor.The attorney for Taylor’s family, Ben Crump, tweeted that the decision was “outrageous and offensive.”Taylor, a 26-year-old Black emergency medical worker, was shot five times by officers who entered her home using a no-knock warrant during a drug investigation March 13. The warrant was connected with someone who did not live there, and no drugs were found during the search. The use of no-knock warrants is now banned in the city.Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer declared a state of emergency and announced a 72-hour curfew starting at 9 p.m.The Louisville Metro Police Department announced it was putting barricades around the downtown perimeter where protests have been concentrated.The Kentucky National Guard was also deployed in the city.
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